Acting Company to Bring ‘Jane Eyre’ to Center for the Arts

Posted: January 26, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Jane Eyre production
Erin Moon, left, and Jenn Miller Cribbs in The Acting Company’s production of “Jane Eyre.”
Photo by Richard Termine

Every year, The Acting Company engages an ensemble of the best-trained, talented young actors available to perform classic plays and contemporary works in repertory.

Now, this nationally touring company brings an intriguing adaptation of Brontë’s classic, “Jane Eyre,” to Mason’s Center for the Arts on the Fairfax Campus on Wednesday, Feb. 14, at 8 p.m.

Polly Teale, playwright, director and founder of London’s Shared Experience theater company, dissects this classic tale – using character development – to examine the causes of Jane Eyre’s repression.

Was Jane’s natural youthful exuberance stifled because of a succession of severe guardians as a child? Are her passions locked away until she becomes governess to Rochester’s young child and finds her arduous nature reawakened? But, as everyone knows, dark secrets are at work elsewhere in the house.

Before casting her inventive eye on “Jane Eyre,” Polly Teale adapted such other classics as “Anna Karenina,” “The Mill on the Floss” and the monumental “War and Peace.”

The Acting Company has been fulfilling its mission to tour the United States, commission new work, rediscover classics, provide opportunities for gifted young actors and make theater accessible to all.

The company was formed out of the first graduating class of the Juilliard School’s Drama Division in 1972. Since its beginnings, the company has logged more than 500,000 miles through 48 states and nine countries, performing a repertoire of 77 plays for more than 2 million people. The company collaborates occasionally with distinguished American theaters, including the Goodman in Chicago, the Guthrie in Minneapolis, the Hartford Stage Company and Buffalo’s Studio Arena Theater.

An artistic discussion, free to ticket holders, will be held 45 minutes prior to the curtain on the hall’s Grand Tier.

Tickets are $36, $28 and $18. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit

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